White House senior advisor Jared Kushner (C) and his wife Ivanka Trump walk on the tarmac after arriving with U.S. President Donald Trump aboard Air Force One at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia May 20, 2017.
Trump, who embarked on a nine-day trip to Saudi Arabia, Israel, Vatican, Belgium and Italy, said in his weekly web and radio address to the nation that he would represent the views of the American people frankly and clearly.
The visit kicks off an ambitious global debut for Trump.
White House officials hope the trip gives Trump the opportunity to recalibrate after one of the most hard stretches of his young presidency.
"Many people are saying it was wonderful that Mrs. Obama refused to wear a scarf in Saudi Arabia, but they were insulted".
Several jets also flew overhead leaving a red, white and blue trail.
Administration officials believe Trump's decision to begin his trip in Saudi Arabia sends a powerful message to the kingdom: the strained ties that marked U.S. -Saudi relations under Obama are over. "Looking forward to the afternoon and evening ahead".
At a later ceremony at the grand Saudi Royal Court, the king placed the Collar of Abdulaziz Al Saud, the nation's highest civilian honor, around Trump's neck. It is said that the trip will demonstrate Donald Trump's democratic skill as president. And he'll depart under a cloud of controversy, much of it of his own making, including the White House's botched handling of FBI Director James Comey's firing. This week, the Justice Department relented to pressure from Democrats and named former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief Robert Mueller as special counsel to lead the probe.
Trump's meeting with Pope Francis - two men at odds on everything from climate change to refugee policy - remains highly unpredictable, although the pontiff says he will give America's bullish leader an open-minded hearing. The king did not greet Obama at the airport during his final visit to the nation previous year.
In fact, to some experts, all the ceremony and pageantry of Trump's visit disguises the Kingdom's true intention, to get assurances from the USA president that he will take an aggressive line against Tehran.
Under the kingdom's strict dress code for women, Saudi women and most female visitors are required to wear a loose, black robe, known as an abaya, in public.
Trump intends to condemn Syria's President Bashar Assad for committing "unspeakable crimes against humanity" and Iran for contributing to spiraling violence in Syria.
National security adviser H.R. McMaster told reporters on Thursday that Trump would deliver a speech in Saudi Arabia expressing hope that a peaceful vision of Islam would resonate worldwide.
Trump can expect a warm reception when he arrives in the oil-rich kingdom for talks with King Salman, but the domestic mood was grim following news that the FBI's investigation into his campaign's ties with Russian Federation extends to a current senior White House official. On Sunday, he'll hold meetings with more than 50 Arab and Muslim leaders converging on Riyadh for a regional summit focused largely on combating the Islamic State and other extremist groups.
The advertisements for Keith's purported concert Saturday night in Riyadh bill it as a night of "Arabian lute and American guitar", with the American musician sharing the stage with Rabeh Sager, a popular Saudi singer.
USA technology and engineering conglomerate GE (GE.N) said on Saturday it had signed $15 billion of business deals with Saudi Arabia as part of the kingdom's drive to diversify its economy beyond oil.
The first United States lady, Melania Trump, will not be forced to dress conservatively in Saudi Arabia, the first stop of her husband's tour in the Middle East and Europe.